Ward 8 | Craft Cocktail

with grenadine

Ward 8

I had never heard of the Ward 8 until meeting Clair Mclafferty but if Clair makes you a drink . . you darn well better try it.  Back in August she introduced us to this crafted cocktail as one of her personal faves.  As a fan of the Whiskey Sour . . this sister recipe sweetened with grenadine is now also a personal favorite of my own.

There is myth and legend that surrounds this unusually named drink and most of it points back to a bartender in 1898 who created it and served it to a mob boss after he won an election in Boston’s eight ward.

Recipe for the Ward 8

2 ounces bourbon or rye
1/2 ounce grenadine
1/2 ounce lemon juice
3/4 ounce orange juice
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Wanting a signature drink for your wedding day?  Contact Clair for your own custom version of the Ward 8.


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Location: Prophouse

Styling: Hothouse

Mixologist: Clair Mclafferty

Lighting: Profoto B2

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Hoover Randle House Wedding

Hoover Randle House Wedding

We rounded out a fantastic month of weddings at the Hoover Randle House with a beautiful outdoor ceremony for this sweet couple from out of town.  The Hoover Randle is by far one of our favorite places for a wedding, not only because of the beautiful historic home but also because of the darling folks that run and own it.

A Proposal

R and M had been dating for 6 years after meeting in grad school when they began to start talking about weddings and marriage.  On the way to a pre-planned dinner M proposed to R in the middle of their kitchen.  R had wanted to have a say in her engagement ring and after wearing her grandmother’s ring in the interim, she decided she loved it so much that she would keep it as her own instead, loving the heirloom and the story behind it.

The Wedding Day

M’s wedding day began with watching the college game  with his friends and family while R got ready with her sister and friends upstairs.  Surrounded by beautiful artwork, she talked about the funny joke she planned to play on M during the first look.  He had been asking for awhile what her dress looked like and she had jokingly told him it had red tassels with peacock feathers.  As a joke, she put the “parts” of her dress in a tiny box for him to open before the first look and it had him laughing like crazy before turning to tears of joy when he saw her.  The rest of the evening was just as light hearted with dancing, heartfelt toasts, and a exit amid showers of delicious smelling lavender.  Congrats R and M!

Venue: Hoover Randle Home and Gardens

Catering: IZ Catering

Florist: Lillie Jane

Cake Designer:  Magnificent Cakes

Hair: SciaScia Salon

DJ: Elevated Entertainment

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Chattanooga Wedding | Kelly and Ben

Chattanooga Wedding CoupleA Chattanooga Wedding

It was the perfect sunny day for a wedding at a lake in northern Chattanooga.  Surrounded by their dearest friends and family, Kelly and Ben said their vows but not before a little fun shenanigans.  Kelly and Ben met while working as camp counselors one summer and unlike some summer romances . . . it did not come to an end but instead lead to a sweet lodge wedding by a lake just north of Chattanooga where Kelly’s family lives.

Heirlooms and Weddings

Of all the weddings this year, Kelly’s took the cake at having the most heirlooms . . something we love in the MRP office.  Early on in Kelly’s engagement, she made the decision to wear her mother’s wedding dress (a wedding my toddler self just happened to have been in attendance at) and it was the perfect dress for her.  It fit right in to the ethereal woodland vibe she had throughout the day in Chattanooga.

A Grande Entrance

Kelly’s family grew up on the water, making boats and fishing so when they started to plan the ceremony they decided to include a rather unusual maritime entrance.  Her uncle rowed her down the lake to the ceremony site in a rowboat her father and uncle built together and was a darling surprise entrance for their guests.  From the ceremony, the couple headed to the lodge for dancing, singing, and of course cake.  Later that evening the exited through showers of dried lavender buds and cheers of joy.  Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Sterrett.

Woodland Tennessee Bridal Portrait


Venue: Dogwood Lodge

Dress: Her Mother’s Heirloom Dress

Grooms Attire: Hixon’s

Day of Coordinator: Hannah Carpenter

Cake: Hannah Carpenter


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Birmingham Wedding | Matt and Jessica

A Birmingham Wedding

Jessica and Matt had the most perfect weather for a Birmingham wedding and better yet an Army wedding!  We got to the Tutwiler early that morning just as Jess and her girls were finishing getting ready.  The bridal suite was buzzing with anticipation as Army and College friends reminisced about stories from the past.  Jess had every detail in place including her dad’s Army sword for cutting the cake later that night.  I loved that she not only was honoring traditions but also bringing in a few modern touches with her camo garter to toss.  What really got me though was the beautiful ivory heirloom necklace that had been handed down for generations dating back to Helen Keller.

First Look at the Tutwiler

Jess opted to do a first look with Matt as well as her dad.  I loved how her sweet grandfather watched from the background as well as her daddy got teared up over seeing her.  From there we headed out to the front entrance of the Tutwiler for her first look with Matt before having some sweet couples portraits before the ceremony at Dawson Baptist Church in Homewood.

The Sweetest Bridal Party

I just adored Matt and Jess’s bridal party.  They were the perfect combination of sweet and sassy.  From making sure the bride and groom were taken care of to hamming it up in some of the photos below, it made the day incredibly stress free and enjoyable for everyone.  They certainly kept the party going during the reception at the Haven and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house after Jess’s dad was done giving his toast to the bride and groom as he shared where her middle name came from.

From cake to confetti, we have been looking forward to this military wedding for awhile.  We wish the best to these two amazing Army officers as they start out on their marriage adventure.  To read more about how they met head here.


Getting Ready Venue: The Tutwiler

Planner: AMR Events

Dress: Mikado from Bella’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

Groom and Groomsmen Tux: Mr. Burch

Hair and Makeup: Gypset

Floral Design: Ricky Whitley

Invitations: Fine Paperwork

Ceremony: Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

Transportation: Rare Transportation and Larry’s Limo

Reception Venue: The Haven

Catering: Tre Luna

Cake: Edgar’s Bakery

DJ: Total Entertainment

Videography: Lumpstick Media

Linens: Decor to Adore


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Basic Invite | Wedding Invitation Suites

Wedding Invitation Suites

I have always had a love for pretty paper and wedding invitation suites are no exception.  I certainly can’t design them any better than I can put a bouquet together ( it’s truly pathetic) but the feel and look of quality paper always gets me.  Recently, I had the chance to try some sample invitation suites from Basic Invite and photograph them.  I was impressed at the thickness of the paper compared to other invitation suites I have photographed in the past from similar sources.  I decided to try out their Luxe Velvet paper combined with a gold foil and it turned out beautifully.


Ordering samples was surprisingly easy on the site.  For brides, I love that they offer the capability to try out multiple sample options and get them in hand before having to make a final decision on what your wedding invitation will look like.  Want to go bold then try printing on their clear vinyl or rustic with their real wood invitations.  I also loved that you aren’t limited to simply the invitation.  You can literally pick out everything you need from accommodation cards to wedding programs and everything in between

Color Options

As a girl who LOVES color, I was impressed that I wasn’t limited to the original design of a suite.  With over 180 color choices, a bride truly can find the color she is looking for as well as the option of not only traditional gold and silver foil but rose gold as well.  Check out a few of the options we picked to try below.Basic Invite wedding invitation with green foliageBasic Invite wedding invitation with geometric shapesBasic Invite wedding invitation with geometric shapes

I am really happy to work with our sponsor, Basic Invite, today to share this information with you!

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